What are the most important life lessons one can learn from running?

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    1. There will always be someone better than you, and someone worse than you (talking in general). When I started running, I used to compare myself to other people,
      I’m not as great as that person, because I’m slow. I’m not working as hard as this person because they run more miles. After a while, you start to care less about that because you realize that everyone is just trying to get from point A to point B.
    2. Pace yourself. You don’t always have to sprint. Life is like a marathon. It’s a long race, so don’t always act like it’s a 100 meter dash. There’s a time and place for that.
    3. You can’t be prepared for everything. You’re training could all go right, but come race day, you could get some nasty blister, stomach problems, or other distress which just chooses to rear its head during the race.
    4. The mental game is just as important as the physical one. Dealing with unforeseen circumstances #3 will ultimately determine how well your race goes. If everything goes right in training and during the race you start to get a cramp, you can choose to frame that in a positive or negative light. The way you think about it can be the difference between succeeding and quitting/failing.
    5. Reaching your goals takes a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck. Even Olympians who are blessed with perfect running physiques have to work hard to be the best. With luck and talent, you can coast, but to reach your top form, you need to put in the hard work.
    6. Teamwork can pay dividends. Some of the best runners in the world train together in training camps (eg Kenyans in Iten). These runners train and live as a group, live simple lives and are the best in the world. Training alone can be done, but working as a team makes the hours of training more fun, and lifts the performance of all of those participating. Eliud Kipchoge has said “sport needs teamwork”.

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